We’re starting up a new blog series at Right Track HQ! We’re a Dublin SME, Dublin residents and general lovers of Dublin. We want to celebrate our fair city (and county!) so we’re dishing on our “5 Favourites” in Dublin. The series will include foodie stuff, shopping stuff, boozey stuff, business stuff and more.

This week we’re going through 5 of our favourite Dublin Cafes!

1. The Hazel House Cafe and Woodwork School

Blackberry Lodge, Mutton Lane, Tibradden, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

This place is a relatively new find for us but an absolute gem. Compromising of a cafe serving delicious home cooked food, a craft shop and woodworking classes with their resident carpenter for both adults and kids. It’s a truly special place. They have regular events besides their classes including mountain walks, dinner and movie nights, kids parties and yoga in the summer months. We even braved the howling wind and rain when we were last up there to say hello to the chickens and pig where you can, for a small donation, feed them. The treehouse was also a big hit with our littlest Right Track-er! This place would be awesome for an alternative stag or hen do with woodworking and craft classes.

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2. Meerkat Play Cafe

70 Mounttown Business Park, Mounttown Road Upper, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

One for the parents! Having tried and tested a number of similar places to keep the little one entertained while enjoying 5 minutes with a cuppa, we can firmly say that Meerkat ticks all the boxes. Serving the mouthwatering McCabe’s Coffee (a must have for sleep deprived parents), loose leaf teas and really decent home-cooked and healthy food this place really sets itself apart from many of it’s competitors. Littlest Right Track-er could literally spend hours making her way through the extensive toy collection and we’ve spent a couple of laptop hours here in relative peace. Tip: order the sweet potato fries, you won’t be dissapointed! 

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3. Urbun Cafe

Old School House, Bray Road, Cabinteely, Co, Dublin

This place is really freakin’ cool (but not so hispter that you’ll feel like a sore thumb). This is actually one of our favourite places for the casual business meeting. They serve another of our favourite coffees, Badger & Dodo (yay for Irish roasters) and have a selection of some of the tastiest gluten free cakes – the GF scones are to die for! 

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4. 3fe

32 Grand Canal St. Lwr, Dublin 2

This place is unique in that they serve their own hand roasted coffee. Although they’ve built their reputation and popularity on their coffee, they actually serve a pretty mean sandwich and have a tasty breakfast menu to boot. This coffee is strong as sh**, so not for the faint hearted. But they actually have a very tasty decaf blend (@RightTrackSara learned this when pregnant as it was local to the maternity hospital!). Follow them on Instagram for their #fatfridays updates. Nom, cakes. 

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5. Tramyard Cafe

Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin

Now, for the real South County Dublin-ites (yeah, we know you!), this is probably one of our favourite spots of a Saturday brunch… oh ya, we do brunch Southside Style! Seriously though, this place has mushroomed out from what started as a one room cafe to one of Dublin’s best cafes – it even has an actual tram attached. The great thing about the Tramyard is it spans the whole day with breakfast right through to dinner (dinner is Wed-Sun only). They have a great range of craft beers too. Eatin’ tips: the rarebit for brekkie and the open smoked salmon and boston prawn sambo for lunch.

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Well, that’s it for now. Excuse us while we wipe away the drool and go grab some lunch. Have something to add? Tell us your favourite cafes in Dublin!

Your Right Track Team